Zac Efron will be starring in the John McAfee movie. McAfee himself revealed it on Twitter, saying:
“Zac Efron replaces Seth Rogen in “King of the Jungle” (thank God). Michael Keaton still playing me”.
The movie about John McAfee’s life was announced in October last year and was starring Michael Keaton and Seth Rogen, and as directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
However, Seth Rogen was replaced by Zac Efron for reasons still unknown today.
The project has been in the pipeline for some time and shooting is expected to begin in early 2020. The producer is Charlie Gogolak, while the production companies behind the project are Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films by Ficarra and Requa themselves, MadRiver Pictures and Epic Entertainment.
The film, titled “King of the Jungle”, will be a biopic on the eventful life of John McAfee and will be based on the article “John McAfee’s Last Stand” published by Joshua Davis on Wired, owned by Condé Nast.
The authors of the screenplay are Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, and the plot focuses on Wired’s investigator, Ari Furman, played by Zac Efron, who accepts the assignment to interview McAfee. However, once in Belize for the interview, Furman finds himself caught up in the story involving McAfee and the murder of a neighbour.
Efron recently played the role of Ted Bundy in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” for Netflix.
John McAfee is not directly involved in the production of the film, in part because he’s currently in exile, but given his tweets he’s no stranger to the movie project.